Reviews and Problems with XFX HD 7970 Black Edition 3 GB
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low quality control
Stephan Babcock, Amazon
9 May 2013
Summary: It really seemed awesome right out of the package . For a few weeks it was great in crossfire with my original Radeon 7970 , but then it started overheating and artifacting. So since XFX doesn't allow the user to remove heatsink and put fresh TIM on their cards, I had to send it back.
Terrible expirience with the customer service and the cards are fast, but the power consumption and noise level are a bit high
customer 0815, Amazon
10 April 2013
Summary: Review of the graphic cards: The cards function very well and are running rather stable. - excessive power consumptions compared to 6950's. Each uses about 370W under load on the wall. The dual 6950s (Twin Frozr II, Over-clocked) used about 500W together measured at the wall. The new technology was supposed to be a lot more power efficient and not less efficient.
Summary: Had two cards with almost the same exact problems. The card would run BF3 fine maxed out with the 13.1 drivers at around 55 FPS average (Metro, a very small map) and I believe I should have been getting better frames, since I was getting around 45 on ultra with my 6870. Also, after a short time (30-45 minutes), the game would crash (no OC or anything), and I believe it was due do the VRMs over heating, at least that's what people at Tom's and Overclock were telling me.
Summary: When I first got it, it played everything I could throw at it maxed out. No problems whatsoever. After a few days, that all changed. At first, I noticed some random artifacting, in games, but would go away when I restarted the games, no big deal right. Well, the artifacting started popping up in weird places, even over the facebook chat windows, go figure. This was tolerable, as restarting applications usually fixed it, even though it was annoying.
Just one is better than my Xfire 5870s ... until it died.
23 May 2012
Summary: This thing is awesome. Unless you are running multiple monitors for games, you only need one. I installed it yesterday and played a little Crysis 2. At 1920*1080, with all the settings on extreme, it did get a little on the warm side. It just barely cracked the 65C mark. I have experienced hardly any frame rate issues at all (only a couple in the FFXIV benchmark) and the picture is amazing.
Summary: This Card is a very high end and high performance Graphics Card. This card easily plays all the newest games at ultra resolutions at 60FPS at 1080p resolutions without any problems. I like how this card gives a lot of flexibility with in game graphics options and allows users to maximise the output of the computers gaming potential.
Summary: When it works, this card is very powerful and provided great results in every game I threw at it. Unfortunately, I have had nothing but bad luck with these cards. The first one I bought was broken on arrival. The second one I bought broke just after the three month Amazon return period and will also have to be shipped back to the Netherlands at my own expense (so approx £20-30 in p&p). To have one card arrive broken is just bad luck.
Summary: A noisy, hot, difficult mess of a GPU. This is simply a reference model with a Double D fan set up strapped to it, a cooling solution well known for being simply terrible. However the actual GPU in it is still a 7970 and as such is top grade, however I would strongly suggest that you pick a DIFFERENT 7970, either a 3x Windforce by Sapphire or a Direct CU from Asus. This card has been shown to run hotter and louder than a stock set up.